IAAC - Institute for advanced architecture of Catalonia - Barcelona

GSS – Global Summer School


The Global Summer School (GSS) is a platform defined by ambitious, multi-scalar investigation on the implications of emergent techniques in our planned environments. Each year, international teams located in key cities around the globe explore a common agenda with projects that are deeply embedded in diverse local conditions. Because of this, participants have an international laboratory to test their design hypothesis, understanding how design conclusions derived locally can be tested and evolved globally in different cities where other teams reside.

This intensive two-week course connects each participant to ongoing research agendas in robotics, simulation, physical computing, parametric design, digital fabrication, and other relevant emerging design methodologies. Specific emphasis is placed on understanding the multiscalar implications of design conclusions, thus creating critical research advanced on the application of new technologies in design.


GSS18 agenda focuses on broadband connectivity, cloud computing, social media, sensors are coming together, changing the way we interact, consume, transport, shaping a new urban landscape blurred by digital and physical stimuli. This process is called “digitization”.

The pervasive adoption of a wide variety of digital, real-time, and networked technologies, products, and services enable people, companies, governments, and even machines to stay connected and communicate with one another, gathering, analyzing, and exchanging massive amounts of information on all kinds of activities.The construction sector has been slow to adopt process and technology innovations, unable to apply a digitization among main categories of labour, usage, and assets.The area where its most lacking is providing digital tools to their workforce. Integration of technologies into everyday life reveal that tech has just penetrated the sector.

How will implementing these tools affect the way of designing, living and interacting in new habitats, finally shaping a new digital consciousness of our environments?

As part of the GSS18 programme, students will define strategies for the applications of Advanced Digital Design Strategies as essentials mean for the change. Testing the combination of software and hardware students will explore real-time data capture, energy generation, storage and reuse, material adaptability, real-time management of time-uses and citizen-space interaction.

Global Summer School programme will run from the 2nd to the 14th of July 2018: workshops, lectures and prototyping will happen at the same time in different geographic areas worldwide.

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Edition: 11th edition

Admissions: Bachelor degree diploma, students currently following a bachelor degree on Design, Arts, Architecture or Engineering will be also accepted. Another profile can be admitted after checking the portfolio

Duration: From 2nd July to 14th July

Language of instruction: English

Tuition Fee: 1.500 € for Barcelona’s and Paris node /  Rest of locations to be confirmed